Public Lecture: Plant-human Interaction in Contemporary Sinophone Fiction [in Danish]

Together with China studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, we are happy to invite PhD in Chinese studies, Astrid Møller-Olsen, for a talk on the use of plants in contemporary Sinophone works of fiction.


In this talk, Astrid Møller-Olsen presents her current research project Green Ink in which she looks at how contemporary Sinophone works of fiction use botanical characters, plant imagery and green environments to create alternative realities, explore possible futures and deal with traumatic pasts; colouring their writings, so to speak, with the green ink of literary plants.

Through an interdisciplinary theoretical framework based on critical plant studies, environmental humanities and gender studies, Astrid shows human beings imagine their plant others as monsters, saviours or parts of themselves. In this talk she will be giving examples from works by Chi Hui 迟卉, Yan Ge 颜歌, Dorothy Tse’s 謝曉虹, Alai 阿来, Chu T’ien-hsin 朱天心, and Dung Kai-cheung 董啟章.


Astrid Møller-Olsen is international research fellow with the Universities of Lund, Stavanger and Oxford, funded by the Swedish Research Council. She holds an MA in comparative literature and a PhD in Chinese studies and has published on fictional dictionaries, urban forms of narrative memory, and sensory approaches to the study of literature. 

She hosts the podcast Sinophone Unrealities and the literary blog Her monograph Sensing the Sinophone is forthcoming with Cambria Press. Her current research is a cross-genre study of plant-human relationships in contemporary Sinophone literature from science fiction to surrealism.

Practical Information

Date and Time: 6th December 2021, 14.15-16.00

Place: University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Room 4a.0.56 , Karen Blixens Plads 8 2300 København S

The event is free, but please sign-up here.